LegalTech NY Discussion: Growth of Social Media in Case Investigation [video]
During our LegalTech New York 2013 panel — "Taming the Wild West of Social Media: The Secrets of Social Media Success in the Legal Profession" — our expert speakers explored the implications of another interesting finding from the 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey, "Web and Communication Technology."
The ABA survey found there was a steep increase in the previous year in the number of legal professionals who are using social media for purposes of case investigation — from just 16 percent in 2011, up sharply to 44 percent in 2012.
"This is a very interesting development as we're seeing a number of consumer law attorneys advising their clients not to post anything that might affect their cases on any social media sites," said Stephen Fairley, chief executive officer of The Rainmaker Institute. "They know this is the first place that defense counsel will go to find incriminating evidence."
Larry Bodine, Esq., editor in chief of Lawyers.comSM and martindale.com®, shared a telling statistic: The American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys reports that one-half of recent divorce petitions contain the word "Facebook" in them. "Social media has created a massive treasure trove of information for litigants to mine," said Bodine.
You can view a three-minute video segment of this piece of the panel discussion. Stay tuned next week for more details from the session.
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